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DAVID RITTENHOUSE. 

(From the original in the possession of Charles W. Hassler.* 



Notes and Queries. 123 



NOTES AND QUEKIES. 



Rittenhotjse Monument. — In view of the fact that a movement is 
reported now to be on foot to erect a monument to David Rittenhouse 
in the square in your city that bears his name, it has seemed to me that 
it might be of interest to many that all obtainable facts should be brought 
together in regard to the personal aspect and physical appearance of the 
man whom it is designed to honor. 

In my copy of Dr. Rush's " Eulogium," printed in 1796, there is no 
portrait, nor is there any in the Life by Renwick in Sparks's " Biograph- 
ical Series." In the Memoir published in 1813 by William Barton, a de- 
scendant from one of the six daughters of the father of our philosopher, 
there is an engraving " from an original picture in the possession of Mrs. 
Sargent," and on page 10 Mr. Barton says it is from a painting by 0. W. 
Peale, executed in 1772. Mr. Barton then says, "At that time he wore 
a wig, and was so represented in the picture ; but afterwards, when he 
resumed the wearing of his own hair, and which he continued to do 
during the remainder of his life, the portrait was altered accordingly 
by Mr. Peale." 

In a note on page 10 Mr. Barton speaks of other portraits, but I have 
nowhere seen any mention of one in profile, and I think that the only 
one giving a profile is the silhouette now belonging to me. 

On page 94 Mr. Barton speaks of the family of Benjamin, the brother 
of David, and says that his first wife was the daughter of General John 
Bull. This couple were the parents of my maternal grandmother, who 
married Michel Nourse in 1800, and moved to Washington, D.C., in 
June of that year. From my grandmother I received a silhouette of 
her uncle David, upon which she had written his name, so that its 
authenticity is indisputable. I take the liberty of sending you an elec- 
trotype of a wood-cut of my original. 

Charles W. Hassler. 

New York. 

Zane Family. — Copies of memoranda relative to the Zane family, in 
possession of George Vaux, of Philadelphia. 

These memoranda all bear the marks of being very ancient, but there 
is nothing to indicate when they were prepared. There are five in all, 
one of them being written on the back of the title-page of a New Testa- 
ment, which has evidently been torn from a Bible. The printed date 
has unfortunately been lost from the lower part of the page. 

Robert Zane came from Ireland to America in the year [date torn off] 
landed at Elsinburra near Selam in West Jersey and stayd there about 
4 years, in which time he tuck a canew and went in sarch of a settle- 
ment & padled along the side of the river & up the creeks till at last he 
chose a place up Newton Creek in gloster County, which place is cald 



124 Notes and Queries. 

Newton, here he settled having only one child whose name was Ne- 
thaniel and was about 2 years old when they landed. 

afterwards he marred one of Hinry Willises Daughters by whom he had 
Sons & Daughters Namly Nathan, Robert, Ester, Elnathan & Rachel. 
Ester marred Joshua Delaplan & left 2 sons namly Joshua & Joseph 
in New York. Rachel marred Joshua Pine on long Island and after his 
Death marred Jonathan Peasley by him she had one daughter named 
Elizabeth. 

And Nathan had 3 children Elizabeth Nathan & Nethaniel. Eliza- 
beth married somewhere in Merland & I never knew her Nathan died 
before he marred a sober young man. Robert marred in the Jerseys and 
has many children Sons & Daughters 

My grandfather afterwards marred 

Robert Zane of Newtown came into America in y e year 1673 he was 3 
times married — his last wife was Hinrey Willises Daughter by whom he 
had 5 children namely Robert Nathan Elnathan Hester & Rach[el] 

Nethaniel Zane of Newtown in West Jersey was by his first wife : who 
she was and from whence thers no ac [count] he Died the last day of the 
12th month 1728/29 aged 55 years and left 8 children namely Margrit, 
Abegall Josep, Hannah, Jonathan, Ebenezear, Isaac and William which 
were all liveing when the younges (namely W m ) was about 34 years old. 
Isaac was boarn y e 3 day of the 3 mo 1711 and married y e 15 of y e 11 mo 
1734 Sarah Elfreth the daughter of Hinrey Elfreth and had 8 children 
by the time he was 40 years old Namely Hannah, Phebe (who died be- 
tween 3 & 4 years old) Isaac (he also Died under 2 years old) John, 
Isaac, Danel (Died under 2 years old) Phebe (she Died under 2 years 
old) Danel the 5th son was boarn about the time of this was writ 

After the Deth of the above s d Nethanial Zane grace his widow who 
was a Daughter of William Rakestraw married David Price at Merian 
and she died the 6th Day of the 10th month 1741 

The Time of births of the children of Isaac & Sarah Zane 

1 Hannah was bornd y e 23d of y e 10th mo 1734/5 

2 Phebe the 16th 2d m° 1737 and died y e 26th 2nd m" 1740 

3 Isaac the 23 of the 10th mo 1738/9 & died y e 6th of y° 3d m° 1740 

4 John the 9 of the 12th m° 1740/1 

5 Isaac the 26 of y e 4 mo 1743 

[The following is written on the back of the title-page of a New Tes- 
tament as mentioned above. It is in a very dilapidated condition.] 

1733 y e 3 mo Isa° Zane his book 
Isaac and Sarah Zanes Book 

The birth and Nativaty of hannah Zane was the 23 of the 10th month 
in the year of our Lord 1734/5 

The Birth of Phebe Zane was the 16 day of y e 2 month 1737 at J before 
2 of y e clok in y e morning 

Birth or Nativaty of Isaac Zane was. the [torn off] day of y e 10 month 
about 8 a clok ad night the year of our Lord 1738/9 

Phebe Zane Died the 26th day of y e 2 mo 1740 3 yers & 10 days and 
her departure was nere half an hour after 6 o clok after noon 

Isaac Zane died about half a houer after one o clock at knight betwe 11 
y e 5th & y e 6th day of y e 3 mo 1740 aged [torn off] year & 5 mo & 13 days 

[Jolhn Zane the son of Isa° & Serah Zane was bornd about 2 a clock 
at night betwen the 8 th & 9 th of y e [torn off] month 1740/1 

The birth or nativity of Isaac Zane the 26 th of the 4th month 1743 



Notes and Queries. 125 

[The remaining paper, as follows, though containing early dates, was 
probably prepared later than the others.] 

Magrett Zane Daughter of Nathaniel Zane and Grace his wife Was 
Born the 1 day of 9 month 1698 
Abigail Born 17 day of 5 month July 1700 
Joseph Born 1 day 6 month Augt 1702 
Hannah Born 19 day No' 1704 
Jonathan Born 29 day Sep' 1706 
Ebeneazear Born 7 day Dece m 1708 
Isaac Born 3 day 3 month 1710 
William Born 26 day 11 month 1712 

Deborah Zane Daughter of Joseph Zane & Mary his Wife 

Was Born 22 day of Aug' 1729 

Ester Born 27 day 12 Month 1730 

Nathaniel Born 8 day 3 Month 1732 

Elizabeth Born 9 day 7 Month 1735 

Hannah Born 27 day 1 Month 1738 

Eodah Born 8 day 3 Month 1740 

Sie John Oldmixon. — Various inquiries have been made in the Eng- 
lish Notes and Queries and elsewhere concerning the descendants of this 
gentleman. He was a noted London beau who used to flourish in Old 
Bond Street, and afterwards, in the early part of the present century, 
resided near Germantown, Pennsylvania. The following was taken 
down some years since from the recollections of the writer's grand- 
mother, a daughter of Mr. William Page, a well-known English mer- 
chant of that day, resident in Philadelphia, who was on intimate terms 
with the Oldmixons. There were four sons and two daughters, — John 
was the eldest, William (married a widow), George, and Henry. The 
sons were said to have entered the British Navy. The daughters were 
Maria, who married an eminent homoeopathic physician of Philadel- 
phia, went to New Orleans, and died there ; Ellen, who first married 

Allen Armstrong, of Philadelphia, afterwards Mcllvaine, and left 

several children. She is buried in Christ Church yard. From another 
source I have heard that a family named Sharp, in Salem, New Jersey, 
were descended from this family of Oldmixon. 

William John Potts. 

Camden, New Jersey. 

Plans and Drawings of Benjamin H. Latrobe. — Through the 
courtesy of Hon. John H. B. Latrobe, of Baltimore, there has been 
recently added to the Collection of the Historical Society of Pennsyl- 
vania the following plans and drawings of his father, the eminent archi- 
tect, the late Benjamin H. Latrobe : 

Drawings of the original Water-works of Philadelphia, 1800 ; draw- 
ings of the Bank of Pennsylvania ; sketches of the Bank of the United 
States, and sundry small engravings. The Water-works and the Bank 
of Pennsylvania have long since disappeared; the Bank of the United 
States, however, converted into the Custom-house, is still standing, an 
illustration of the taste and skill of its architect. The drawings of the 
Water-works exhibit in a striking way the energy of the people of Phila- 
delphia, showing as they do the magnitude, difficulty, and costly charac- 
ter of the undertaking, then without a precedent in America, either as 
regards the object in view or the means of accomplishing it. 



126 Notes and Queries. 

A Philadelphia Broadside. — 

IN COUNCIL OF SAFETY 

Philadelphia, December 2, 1776. 
Resolved, 

That it is the Opinion of this Board, that all the Shops in this City 
be shut up, that the Schools be broke up, and the Inhabitants en- 
gaged solely in providing for the Defence of this City, at this Time of 
extreme Danger. 

By Order of Council, 

David Eittenhohse, Vice-President. 
[Philadelphia, Printed by Henry Miller, in Bace-street.] 

New Jersey Historical Society. — The annual meeting of the 
New Jersey Historical Society was held January 24, 1888, at Trenton, 
and was opened with some remarks by the Bev. Dr. Hamill, the Presi- 
dent, briefly reviewing the work of the Society since it was organized in 
1845. Of the original officers the only survivor is the Hon. Joseph P. 
Bradley, the first Becording Secretary, now Justice of the Supreme Court 
of the United States. The paper of the day was by A. D. Mellick, Jr., 
of Plainfield, entitled " The Hessians in New Jersey — Just a Little in 
their Favor." Officers of the Society were elected for the ensuing year, 
as follows : President, Bev. Samuel M. Hamill, D.D. ; Vice-Presidents, 
Hon. John T. Nixon, Hon. John Clement, Dr. Samuel H. Pennington ; 
Corresponding Secretary, Dr. Stephen Wickes, of Orange ; Becording 
Secretary, William Nelson, of Paterson ; Treasurer and Librarian, F. 
W. Bicord, Newark; Executive Committee, George A. Halsey, Rev. 
George S. Mott, D.D., John F. Hageman, David A. Depue, Nathaniel 
Niles, John I. Blair, General William S. Stryker, Franklin Murphy, 
and Bobert F. Ballantine. Plans were exhibited of the new building 
which it is proposed to erect at Newark for the Society's use, at a cost of 
twenty-five thousand dollars, and a very general desire was manifested 
to see it completed. A resolution was adopted expressing sympathy with 
the people of Greenesburg, Penn., in their efforts to get that third e re- 
stored to the name of the place, in honor of General Greene, although 
Mr. Nelson thought it would be well to wait until the New Jersey Legis- 
lature would restore the name of the Kill Van Kull, now called Kill 
Von Kull, and Pinhorne, near Snake Hill, now called Penn Horn, al- 
though it should properly perpetuate the name of William Pinhorne, 
Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey two hundred years ago, 
and for many years prominent in the Councils of both New Jersey 
and New York. The next meeting of the Society will be held at 
Newark in May. 

The American Folk-Lore Society. — At Cambridge, Mass., in 
January last, this Society was organized " for the study of Folk-Lore in 
general, and in particular the collection and publication of the Folk- 
Lore of North America." It was also decided that the Society shall 
publish a journal, to promote such a collection, a copy of which will be 
sent to each member thereof. The annual subscription fee is three 
dollars. The officers of the Society are : President — Prof. F. J. Child, 
Cambridge, Mass. Council — Prof. Wm. F. Allen, University of Wis- 
consin, Madison, Wis. ; Mr. H. H. Bancroft, San Francisco, Cal. ; Dr. 
Franz Boas, New York City, N.Y. ; Dr. D. G. Brinton, Media, Pa.; 
Prof. T. F. Crane, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. ; Miss Alice C. 



Notes and Queries. 127 

Fletcher, Winnebago, Indian Agency ; Mr. Horatio Hale, Clinton, 
Ont. ; Mrs. Hemenway, Boston, Mass. ; Prof. H. W. Henshaw, Bureau 
of Ethnology, Washington, D.C. ; Colonel Chas. C. Jones, Augusta, Ga. ; 
Pres. Wm. Preston Johnston, Tulane University, New Orleans, La.; 
Prof. O. T. Mason, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. ; Mr. W. 
W. Newell, Cambridge, Mass. ; Mr. H. E. Scudder, Cambridge, Mass. 



tymtxtm. 

Oliver. — Evan Oliver, from Radnorshire, Wales, came to Philadel- 
phia with William Penn in the " Welcome," 1682. He presented his 
certificate from Bristol, England, to the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, 
August 26, 1683. He was assessed in 1693 in Philadelphia for £30, at 
2/6. He purchased a lot in Philadelphia, 1683. No other mention is 
made of him in that city. He brought with him his wife, Jean, and 
seven children, — viz., 1. David; 2. Elizabeth; 3. John; 4. Hannah; 
5. Mary, who married, June 2, 17 — , Thomas Canby, of Wilmington, 
Delaware; 6. Evan; 7. Seaborn. 

Did David — John — Evans leave any issue, and can any one give their 
names ? 

William Oliver received five hundred acres of land in New Castle 
County, Delaware, from the Commissioners in Philadelphia, March 30, 
1686. 

Thomas Oliver came from Dolobran, Wales, to Pennsylvania, and his 
certificate was received in Friends' Meeting, Philadelphia, December 25, 
1723. Can any one give the issue of William and Thomas? 

What connection, if any, was there between these three, Evan, Wil- 
liam, and Thomas? Who were Samuel Oliver, Sussex County, Dela- 
ware, 1723; Susannah Oliver, "spinster," Sussex County, Delaware, 
1733 ; Aaron Oliver, of Sussex County, 1734, who left daughters, Esther 
Bennett, Abigail Hayes, Elizabeth Morris, and Sarah Lofland? Did 
Eeuben and Joseph Oliver, of New York City, 1754, and Melford, Dela- 
ware, 1764 and 1768, descend from any of the above ? Any light cast 
upon the subject will be grateful to 

Eev. Horace Edwin Hayden. 

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. 

Tyson — Potts — Roberts— Kirk. — Information is desired in regard 
to the ancestry and descendants of Rynier Tyson and his wife, who came 
over in 1683 from Crefeld with thirteen other emigrants and their fami- 
lies, and settled in Germantown with Francis Daniel Pastorius. Also 
in regard to Thomas Roberts, of Wales, who is supposed to have come 
over with William Penn in the " Canterbury," in 1699, and settled in 
Bristol Township, between Philadelphia and Germantown and married 
Eleanor Potts, daughter of Samuel Potts, of Valley Forge. Also of 
Samuel's wife. Peter Tyson, third son of Rynier Tyson, married Mary, 
daughter of Samuel Potts, in August, 1727. Also in regard to Jonathan 
Roberts, who married Martha Kirk, daughter of Rynier and Mary (Mich- 
ener) Kirk. Also in regard to John Kirk, who married Sarah, daughter 
of Rynier Tyson, and mother of Rynier Kirk. V. S. 

James Rudolph Reid. — When and where was James Rudolph Reid, 
member of Continental Congress, 1787-88, born, and where and when 
did he die? J. G. L. 



128 Notes and Queries. 

Captain John Bush, Thibd Pennsylvania Regiment. — I am 
trying to ascertain the present whereabouts of the certificate of member- 
ship to, and the " eagle" badge of, the Society of the Cincinnati that be- 
longed to Captain John Bush, of the Third Pennsylvania Regiment, of 
the army of 1776, and thought possibly it might have come into the 
possession of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Can you give 
me any information about the same ? 

Lewis B. Jackson. 

Philadelphia. 

Glasitjs. — " Nederland. Biographisch. woordenb. van Nederl. Godge- 
leerden. Hertogenb., Gebr. Muller. (Amst. J. H. v. d. Beek.) 1851-56. gr. 
8° 3 din." The undersigned would be extremely obliged to any one 
stating where a copy of the above book, a biography of the clergy of 
Holland, can be seen or for a few extracts from its pages. There is no 
copy in any of the Philadelphia libraries, the Astor of New York, or 
the Public Library or Athenaeum of Boston, or the libraries of the N. E. 
Genealogical Society and Harvard College. 

William John Potts. 

Camden, New Jersey. 

"The Spirit of Despotism," by the Rev. Vicesimus Knox. — 
The late Edward Solly, in the English Notes and Queries for May, 
1883, says of this work, " If the history of this book as commonly given 
is true, the original edition of 1797 must be one of the rarest books in 
existence. It is said that Dr. Knox wrote it in 1794, and had it prinied 
in London in 1795, but being, on reconsideration, apprehensive that he 
had used language too glowing and enthusiastic, determined to suppress 
it, and accordingly he did so suppress it, only three copies being left in 
existence. Of these one went to America, and another in time fell into 
the hands of Mr. Hone. The American copy was immediately reprinted 
with the title, ' The | Spirit | of | Despotism | [Two mottoes.] London, 
printed in the vear 1795 | Philadelphia | Reprinted by Lang and Ustick 
for Selves | and Mathew Carey | Nov. 28, MDCCXCV | 12mo. twelve 
pages to the sheet, preface and contents I-X, pp. 1-342.' Is anything 
known as to the two copies said to be existing in England or the one 
thus reprinted in America? I have made search in vain after them, 
and am led to suspect that the American edition of 1795 was really the 
first one. If a copy of the English edition of that date is in existence, 
I should be very glad to know where." 

The writer possesses two espies of what is unquestionably another 
American edition of this work, printed at Darby, in the vicinity of 
Philadelphia, it is supposed, though no place is mentioned beyond the 
following : " The | Spirit | of | Despotism. | [Two mottoes.] London : 
Printed in the year 1795. | Darby : | Re-published by Alexander M. 
Kemble. | 1837." 12mo. Preface pp. v. +7-204. As this is closely 
printed, it may contain as much as Lang-Ustick's edition. Was there 
any such publisher at Darby as Alexander M. Kemble? Was there a 
large edition ? This extremely radical work is a violent tirade against 
the English aristocracy, and is very curious as a reflection of the spirit 
of the French Revolution on Englishmen, containing many eloquent 



William John Potts. 
Camden, New Jersey.